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Word Class - 'Rain Fell'

L.O. to identify and vary word class in a sentence
 
SC1) I identify nouns.
SC2) I identify verbs.
SC3) I modify nouns using adjectives.
SC4) I modify verbs using adverbs.
SC5) I use prepositions to form phrases.
SC6) I use conjunctions to add new clauses.

Here is a very simple text. It is composed of a single paragraph, itself made up of a single sentence. This sentence has a single clause. The clause is as basic as a clause can be: it is made up of a subject and a verb. In this case the subject is a noun.

 

Don't worry if that seems confusing; we will learn more about this through the year. For the time being, let's look at the text...

 

Rain fell. 

 

Rain is a noun. It is a 'common noun' (because it isn't a proper noun). It is also a 'concrete noun' (it is a physical thing).

Fell is a verb. It is a verb because it shows 'doing', 'being' or 'having'. It is a verb in the past tense.

Our text is a little short. It tells an extremely simple story. Let's do something to improve it.

 

We could:

 

Add adjectives to the sentence to modify the noun ('rain'). This could give the rain a more vivid description.

Add adverbs to the sentence the modify the verb ('fell'). This could show how the rain fell.

Add a preposition to the sentence to develop it (e.g. 'on', 'over', 'with' etc.) This would be followed by a phrase.

Add another clause to the sentence, opening with a conjunction.

 

We could:

 

Ask questions to make the reader wonder or think.

Hint at what is going on by dropping extra bits of information (show and don't tell).

Write about what happened next. ('As it thundered down, it... ')

Flash back to what happened before ('It hadn't always been this way.' 'It had come from nowhere.')

Tricky Trickier Trickiest

Take the sentence, 'Rain fell.' Add to it by including words from different word classes.

 

Write several sentences, trying different arrangements. For each sentence, label the word class of each word.

 

In addition to 'Tricky', take sentences that you write and try rearranging the word order (you won't always be able to do this). Comment on the effect. In addition to 'Tricky', suggest questions that a reader would have in their mind when reading your sentence. What would they be thinking? This will help you to 'write like a reader'.

Self-evaluation:

Explain what you like about your sentences. Where does you word choice work? What effect have you achieved?

Self-evaluation:

Explain what you like about your sentences. Where does you word choice work? What effect have you achieved?

How has changing the order of work affected your writing?

Self-evaluation:

Explain what you like about your sentences. Where does you word choice work? What effect have you achieved?

 

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